Institutional Review Board

About the Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee mandated by federal law to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities. The IRB achieves this primary function by educating researchers. The IRB assesses the risks and benefits associated with a particular study, so that they can decide if the study is ethically and legally sound.

Delay of the Implementation of the Revised Common Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today has announced a delay on implementation of the proposed changes to the Common Rule.  These changes originally scheduled to take effect on January 19th have been delayed for 6 months. You can find further details in the Federal Register (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-00997.pdf). The IRB will provide guidance and revised materials nearer to the final implementation date as ultimately determined by DHHS.


 

Utah Valley University encourages scholarly research and activities for faculty, students and relevant staff. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) furthers the University's research mission by:

  • Reviewing proposed research involving human participants, in order to protect citizens against potential risks of research participation while promoting high-quality studies that can provide rewards to participation and/or society;
  • Educating the larger university community about ethical issues in human participants' research;
  • Overseeing compliance with federal, state, and university regulatory requirements for human participant research.
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All human subject research must be approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Colleges and universities that have human subject research being conducted on their campuses should have an IRB operating within federal regulations. UVU has signed a federal-wide assurance stating that all human subject research being conducted on campus will be approved by UVU's Institutional Review Board (IRB). Research at UVU involving human subjects being conducted without IRB approval is breaking federal regulation/law and puts all federal funding that UVU receives (e.g. federal research grants, student federal aid) in jeopardy.

For all UVU-affiliated studies involving human subjects requiring IRB approval, it is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (PI) to submit required documentation to the UVU IRB Administrator. UVU does not endorse research that does not follow this protocol.

The UVU IRB website will provide all the information you need to take the IRB mandatory training and submit protocols for approval. Let us know if you have questions.